Introducing The Sepik & Its Tributaries
The mighty Sepik is the most famous geographical feature of PNG and has captured the collective imagination of adventure travellers around the world. The scale of the river, the impressive architecture of haus tambarans, the beautiful stilt villages, the long canoes with crocodile-head prows, flower-clogged lakes, misty dawns and spectacular sunsets make a visit unforgettable.
While photos of Sepik villages look idyllic, they don’t show the heat and humidity, the mosquitoes or the basic village food. Nor do they indicate the meditative nature of travelling for hours every day in a motor-canoe, watching ibis take to the sky as you round a bend, fingers trailing in the water.
During the dry season water levels drop dramatically, cutting off villages and turning the lakes stagnant. The trapped water heats up resulting in a toxic algae bloom that kills the fish.
The Sepik is too big to cover, so pick a section and give yourself plenty of time to relax in the villages between stints on the river. Two or three Middle Sepik villages are enough for most people, and some enjoy it more when they get off the main river.